Baller Gets Small Victory In Assault Case
NBA star Matt Barnes scored a small victory in the lawsuit accusing him of assault after a New York judge sided with him and pumped the brakes on the case, which means it won’t move forward until the criminal investigation into the situation is wrapped up.
Earlier this year, NBA star DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes were sued by Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell, accusing them of attacking them inside a New York club.
They claimed back in December, they were hanging in the VIP area when Barnes came up and choked Besiso without provocation, and her friend then tried to step in only to have Cousins attack him.
They sued demanding damages for the assault, battery and emotional distress. Barnes and Cousins released a statement denying the incident inside the club and said they were the real victims of the incident.
Recently, Cousins fired back at the lawsuit, saying he only got physical to defend his friend who was facing irreparable harm. He said any alleged injuries they suffered were due to acts of other people out of his control. He demanded the suit be thrown out.
Barnes filed docs seeking to have the case put on pause until the outcome of the criminal investigation into the incident. He said he would risk self-incrimination if he has to participate in both cases at the same time.
Then on May 11th, the judge came back and sided with the NBA star and granted his request to put the civil lawsuit on hold until the outcome of the criminal investigation. The judge agreed that Barnes would be put in a situation where he might self-incriminate himself if he were to answer questions on both cases.